Primary and Intermediate Classroom Activities

Internationally tested and proven human rights-based Primary School classroom activities, linked to the New Zealand Curriculum and down-loadable for teachers in editable Word format.
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Australian Human Rights Commission

This link takes you to the Australian Human Rights Commission website, where you can access human rights activities for the classroom. These activities are suitable for a wide range of age groups.
Children's Commissioner for Wales

The Children's Commissioner for Wales website offers a simple, easy online game for young children outlining the Rights of the Child. As children explore a community map they must collect all of their rights by clicking on everyday objects, once they have collected all of the rights in one section they are able to move to the next section of the map.
Classroom Responsibilities

This activity emphasises the essential connection between rights and responsibilities.

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Compasito 4.01 A Body of Knowledge

An activity aiding learning abilities and highlighting disability as an educational issue. Particularly suitable for young children. (Part of Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook)

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Compasito 4.02 A constitution for our group

Children develop a group ‘constitution’ stating their rights and responsibilities. Through designing rules for their own group, students learn about democracy, citizenship and how to reach a group consensus for the common good. Suitable for Years 5-9 students. (Part of Compasito Human Rights Handbook).

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Compasito 4.03 A human rights calendar

An activity easily adaptable for Years 4-9 students. Increasing student awareness of human rights issues/milestones by creating a human rights calendar.  Involving artistic creativity and social  contemplation. (Part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook).

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Compasito 4.04 Advertising in Human Rights

A creative activity requiring students to write and film a T.V advertisement for children's rights. Through choosing one right to advertise and thinking about their target audience - students practice critical thinking with regards to human rights and the advertising industry. Communication, participation and production skills are also employed, such as acting, film production and editing, story telling, singing and public speaking.  (Part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook)

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Compasito 4.05 Blindfolded

An activity suitable for students Years 2-4 which increases understanding of the needs and rights of children with disabilities. (Part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook)

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Compasito 4.06 Board Games

An activity suitable for students in Years 4-8 for which a prior knowledge of UNCRoC is necessary. Students build familiarity with UNCRoC and learn to relate its articles to everyday life through playing 'human rights snake and ladders';being required to cite applicable children's rights violations throughout the game. (Part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook)

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Compasito 4.07 Boys don't cry

An activity confronting students with gender stereotypes e.g.  "boys don't cry" or "a girl cannot be the boss". Through discussion and creating group sketches students compare their findings with personal experience and previous behaviour towards such stereotypes.(Part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook)

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